The NBMOG collection consists of 7,000 objects documenting more than 3,000 years of glassmaking history. It covers many regions and periods, from ancient to contemporary, with special emphasis on the city of New Bedford, MA, celebrated in the late 19th century as the "Art Glass Headquarters of the Country." Rose Amber glass, Crown Milano, Royal Flemish, Burmese and Lava glass are just a few of the exotic lines developed in New Bedford. Other highlights from the collection include blown and pressed tableware, cut glass, paperweights, cup plates, 19th century lighting, the Marjorie L. & Warren P. Tingley Collection of American historical glass, the Carol Dean Bacik Collection of Vaseline (Uranium) Glass and the Ruth L. & Carl F. Barron Collection of American Victorian glass. Also included are many antique glassblowing tools, molds and even a 6-foot high glass press!
The New Bedford Museum of Glass
19th century lampwork enthusiasts will enjoy some of the newest contributions to the collection! Museum member Gail Ryan has donated, amongst several other beautiful pieces, two fine examples of lampworking: a writing pen and a cigar holder composed entirely of glass! Both date to the late 19th century and have beautiful applied decorations. The cigar holder was made by none other than the famous glassworker Nicholas Lutz! While the pen remains a mystery, it is composed of a cane containing twisted goldstone and cranberry glass. If it is of Sandwich origin, we may find ourselves with two Lutz pieces on our hands!